SA Face World Champs the Oranje in Investec Challenge

by | Feb 7, 2013

Blood was spilt during the Investec Challenge match between SA and Australia in Cape Town Tuesday night and the local girls can expect to sweat blood against Olympic champs The Netherlands Thursday night. Photo: Plate Pictures

Tuesday night saw blood spilt and tempers frayed to the limit during SA’s bruising 1-1 draw with Australia’s golden Hockeyroos, and the South Africans will have to sweat blood Thursday night if they are to contain the silky skills of the Oranje’s Kitty van Male and much-decorated captain Maartje Paumen, to name just two of head coach Max Caldas’s superstars.

Thursday’s 8pm start is sure to see the Oranje’s superb individual skills matched by the quality and fighting spirit that has been so evident in the Investec South African women’s hockey team during this prestigious event in the Mother City.

South Africa’s world record holder Pietie Coetzee, now on 260 goals in 260 Test matches, will be challenged at penalty corner time by arguably the world’s top goalkeeper in the Oranje’s Joyce Sombroek, while SA stopper Sanani Mangisa – in the form of her life – will need to produce yet another superlative performance to prevent the imperious Paumen from adding a couple more to her tally, following Tuesday’s brace in the 4-1 win over England.

The Dutch are probably the most technically sound team on the planet, but the fast breaks and ball control of the South Africans have indicated that they are no slouches in the skills department themselves, and this clash shapes up to be the round-robin match of the week ahead of Saturday’s semi-finals and Sunday’s medal matches.

Thursday’s 6 pm clash will see Australia shaking off the bumps and bruises in a bid to beat the old enemy, England.

Tickets cost R20 for adults and R10 for scholars.

 

Investec Challenge Fixtures and Results:
Mon, 4 Feb 6pm: The Netherlands 2-2 Australia
Mon, 4 Feb 8pm: South Africa 4-1 England
Tues, 5 Feb 6pm: The Netherlands 4-1 England
Tues, 5 Feb 8pm: South Africa 1-1 Australia
Wed, 6 February: Rest Day
Thurs, 7 Feb 6pm: England vs Australia
Thurs, 7 Feb 8pm: South Africa vs the Netherlands
Fri, 8 February: Rest Day
Sat, 9 Feb 2:30pm: Semi-Final 1
Sat, 9 Feb 5pm: Semi-Final 2
Sun, 10 Feb 11:30am: Bronze Medal Match
Sun, 10 Feb 2pm: Gold Medal Match
 
Investec SA Squad:
Sanani Mangisa
Lisa Deetlefs
Pietie Coetzee
Marsha Marescia (co-captain)
Bernie Coston
Shelley Russell
Jade Mayne
Quanita Bobbs
Tarryn Bright
Marcelle Keet
Lilian du Plessis
Phume Mbande
Dirkie Chamberlain
Nicolene Terblanche
Lenise Marais (co-captain)
Kelly Madsen
Sulette Damons
Celia Evans

 

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